Lettter from John Hands to Robert Owen

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter: Hands outlines his new "life preserver" and requests funding to help promote the venture. The machine will assist the "aged and infirm" to "escape the flames without injury." He writes that, "my invention has been exhibited to a great number of scientific gentlemen who have been pleased to declare it far superior to anything yet produced." Hands' sketches of the machine are included.

Note

Stamped number: 486